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Wayo Africa
Ranked #30 of 539 Outdoor Activities in Arusha
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Owner description: Wayo Africa is a leader in authentic private safaris in beautiful remote locations in Tanzania. Specialized in safari activities - walking, biking, canoeing - and operating eco-friendly.
Reviewed 9 March 2018

Best company to book for Canoeing - very professional. For the water phobics ( like me) - It is safe to canoe with Wayo - at first I was scared, but the Hippos made me feel safe on the water.

It was a lovely afternoon - don't forget to carry a hat and sun screen

Thank Tabiii
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Reviewed 4 March 2018

We had a two week combined driving and walking safari in Tanzania which was excellent. We booked online with Wayo Africa directly from Canada and worked out an itinerary with the help of Lauren Smith who was very helpful. Both Lauren and Jean Du Plessis came on to a couple of different Skype video calls to help answer questions which we appreciated. Our itinerary was Tarangire National Park, Manyara National Park, Ngorongoro Crater, Oldupai Gorge, Central and Northern Serengeti. We did two full days walking tour in the Northern Serengeti which was a real highlight. The camps are remote and we saw wildlife right from the camp. If you like walking, we recommend the walking safaris. We were also fortunate to be in the Northern Serengeti for the Wildebeest migration which is something to behold! Over the course of the two weeks we had two drivers, George and James who were both excellent and particularly knowledgeable. We also stayed a couple of nights at Gibbs farm to break up the trip and if you can fit it into your budget it's a lovely treat. Overall, we were extremely pleased with Wayo and the itinerary that was put together for us.

1  Thank weingrapes
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wayoafrica, Owner at Wayo Africa, responded to this reviewResponded 6 March 2018

Hi, we are really pleased that your safari worked out so well. It was great having you on safari! Regards, Jean

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Reviewed 2 March 2018

Wayo designed and implemented a 17 day trip for us. At our request, it included everything: walking, game driving, hot air ballooning, and cultural experiences. We mainly stayed in Wayo green camps, which were fine, and also stayed at a few other camps, especially those linked with Maasai villages and experiences. Our guide, Joseph, is the best! He is experienced, knowledgeable, and he adapted the itinerary a couple of times to reflect our interests and abilities.

We were astounded by the number of animals, and how close we could get to them. Joseph and the park rangers and the camp managers kept us safe at all times. It was great to go to sleep to the sound of lions, hyenas, and whatever was munching grass outside of our tent.

The vehicles (game drives) let you see a large number of the big animals. It was also great to have walking safari days - get out and walk the area - stretch your legs and get some exercise - and see the smaller inhabitants: ants, termites, snakes, etc., and to look for scat (poop), bones, animal prints, snails, etc. I recommend it!

If your itinerary includes internal flights, check with the airline to see what its weight allowance is for luggage. It is less than the international flights.

The Wayo camps provide everything: food and beverages, tents (king size beds!), attached bathrooms with warm bucket showers, potable water and toilet paper, and laundry services! Wayo was good to determine food preferences and allergies. We found the camp managers and staff very friendly and helpful!

We really enjoyed the cultural experiences: Maasai rock art, gong rocks, two different villages, Maasai dancing and singing, etc.

I would recommend Wayo for organizing your safari!

Thank paula_eyler
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Reviewed 24 February 2018

Just back from an 8 day Wayo walking/driving safari plus 5 days in Zanzibar (also organized by Wayo.) Every moment was incredible and could not have been better!
The green camps at Lake Manyara, Ngorongoro Crater and Serengeti (Nabi Hll and walking camp) were gorgeously located, very comfortable (tho' not luxurious) wonderfully staffed and provided delicious meals prepared on-site. The 5 walks we did (accompanied by a walking guide and ranger with a rifle) were spectacular and provided a very different experience from the game drives. We felt completely safe at all times.
Our guide Shafino really made the trip special - I highly recommend him. He has 19 years experience guiding and has an amazing sense of where to find the animals, and an encyclopedic knowledge of African animals, birds, plants, insects and cultural history. He is also a spectacular driver on some very challenging roads. We felt very lucky to have him as our guide.
Another plus for Wayo is that they take environmentalism / conservation seriously and all aspects of their operation reflect this; at our very first meeting with a Wayo representative on arrival at Arusha, we were given high quality stainless steel water bottles which we used throughout the trip and therefore avoided plastic water bottles - one of many fine touches.
I cannot recommend Wayo highly enough - they are the gold standard!

1  Thank pennyandclaude
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Reviewed 17 February 2018

Wayo Walking camp was our last, and best stop. We had visited Arusha NP, Tarangire NP (Burunge Tented Camps) and had been at Kati Kati camp in the southern serengeti before hitting Wayo.

Accommodations. Tents are small but fine. can be a bit hot in the tents - but there is a more social open tent sent up where everyone eats. there are flip flops provided in the tents as the trees above are shedding some thorns and the thorns can be a bit nasty to come across. each tent has it's own solar panel providing two bedside lamps and a lamp in the bathroom area.

10 liter bucket showers after the last walk (5-7pm) and before dinner. they like the 10 liters to shower two people if possible. which worked fine for us.
toilet is a pit toilet with some dirt thrown on top. perfectly fine.
sink is also bucket/pale driven.

I took some night/star shots from the bathroom area. I was tripod-less so I got creative and used the shower platform on top of the mirror and also over a tent pole. gave me the stability and height I needed to use a wide angle lens. I probably could have asked to make some sort of arrangements to shoot - but it would have been inconvenient for whomever I disturbed at 1am (whenever).....and it really isn't safe to be out of your tent after dark....besides - I used my nightly constitution time to take a few pics!

everyone at Wayo - and the other guests were great. James was our walking safari guide, and Elias was our park ranger. Elias is also Masai. I swear Elias could feel the animals out there.....he could see the unseeable. His English was also quite good.

James was quite informative about everything, plants, insects, trees, animals..........

we saw Cheetah under a tree, Hyena (catching a baby wildebeest), Lions on a kopi.....and of course all the standard herbivores......Clipspringers, dik-dik, cape buffalo, giraffe, zebra, woldebeest........yadda.....birds!......

we really liked the social aspect of the camp. eating and walking with everyone was much better for us. we got meet some really neat people....even the owner of Wayo came through on his 14 day walking safari to catch a shower and chat with us after lunch.

we lucked into a black rhino sighting as well. we had gotten to the camp at about 5pm and Andrew took us up the kopi right behind the camp......we were not up there long when we saw the rhino cutting across the savanna behind the camp.....way cool, about a year since James had seen the last rhino.

excellent. we also snuck in an extra game drive during the siesta between 11 and 5 - and it was a fantastic drive!

1  Thank BenSAllentown_PA
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